Minor cuts, scrapes, bruises and burns… they’re a part of daily life with most of them taking place in the home. However, it’s not uncommon for them to occur in a place of employment. A majority of companies have some type of accident policy (with risk assessment) that dictates what happens in these types of cases. This article looks at dealing with a minor workplace injury. Continue reading “How To Properly Care For A Minor Workplace Injury”
A foreign object that is stuck at the back of the throat may block the throat or cause muscular spasm.
Young children especially are prone to choking. A child may choke on food, or may put small objects into their mouth and cause a blockage of the airway.
If the blockage of the area airway is mild, the casualty should be able to clear it; if it is severe they will be not be able to speak, cough or breathe and will eventually lose consciousness.
How to Recognise a:
- Casualty will be able to breathe, speak, cry or cough
- Severe obstruction
- Casualty will be unable to breathe, speak, cry or cough
- Casualty will eventually lose consciousness unless they are given assistance
Treatment for adult or child
Your aims are to remove the obstruction and to arrange urgent removal to hospital if necessary.
If the obstruction is mild:
- Encourage them to continue coughing
- Remove anything that is an obvious obstruction from the mouth
If the obstruction is severe:
Give up to 5 back blows
- Look inside the mouth and remove anything causing an obvious obstruction
If the obstruction has not moved:
- Give up to 5 abdominal thrusts
- Look inside the mouth and remove anything causing an obvious obstruction
If the obstruction has not been cleared after repeating the cycle of back blows and abdominal thrusts three times
Call an ambulance by dialling 999 or 112
Keep repeating the pattern until help arrives
To see images and a video of actions that can be performed by a trained adult go here – What to do when a baby or infant chokes (For trained professionals)
If you have the ambition to become a manager or supervisors in a care home, you will need certain skills, qualities and qualifications. This is the case in any position of responsibility, especially in the care sector where the welfare of other people is at stake.
To progress in a managerial role in the care sector, you will need to be a certain kind of person. You will need to have integrity, be responsible, organised and honest, and be able to manage people. Most importantly, you need to be passionate about protecting and respecting the people in your care.
Depending on the position you are applying for, you will need either one or both of the following care training qualifications:
NVQ Level 4 Health and Social Care This kind of course covers most managerial duties, including communication and reporting, professional development (of self and staff), the protection of all individuals and healthy and safe working practices.
Leadership and Management of Care Services (LMC) This care training course goes into more depth on the subject of how to efficiently run a care service. It covers everything from how to develop procedures, policies and practices to communication, leadership skills and respecting the rights of patients.
A healthy and safe atmosphere exerts positivity and relaxation irrespective of the fact whether it’s your workplace or your home. However, employers need to take special care for the health, safety, and well-being of their employees. Not only does it increase the productivity of their employees but it is an obligation that they must follow and non-adherence to it can get them in trouble legally. There are many benefits that an employer can derive by giving their employees a safe and healthy environment. Some of these benefits include positive work environment, lower staff turnover, enhanced productivity etc.
Apart from legal restrictions, providing a healthy and safe environment to the employees should be the top-most priority of the employer owing to the following reasons.
The main benefit of keeping the office atmosphere safe comes in the form of enhanced productivity of employees. This brings with it workplace positivity and offers employees a relaxed environment in the knowledge that they are not at risk. An office that is fully equipped with safety measures and employees that understand their responsibility (and yours as employer) will help them focus on their own abilities resulting in increased productivity.
Any accident in the office premises can cost the employer a lot financially and if in an unfortunate case of the accident an employee gets injured, the severity of the problem increases dramatically. The financial loss will depend on the accident, but the cost of injury to the employee will have to be borne by the employer. A safe and secure environment will reduce the insurance cost a great deal.
A workplace with no proper health and safety maintenance will definitely see a lot of employees quitting the work for better prospects. No person likes to work in an environment where they are not provided with proper safety gear or equipment. The employer ultimately is responsible for this. If there is heavy machinery installed in the workplace, it is the duty of the employer to check all the security concerns associated with it, ensuring it is well maintained. It is also their responsibility to communicate the safety precautions to the employees for their well-being aswell as making them understand the implications of ignoring any safety guidelines.
The employer needs to address all the risks and concerns associated with the office premises, the business, subcontractors and employees. It is useful in most cases to assign an individual to oversee all health and safety aspects within the business. Training can then be brought inhouse not only for the employees but also the designated Health and Safety person.
Not offering a safe, secure, and healthy environment to the employees will have the employer’s reputation at stake. Accidents can ruin reputations as well as lives. The following courses offered by TutorCare online will discuss the reasons and importance of why employee’s safety and health should be the first priority for any employer.
Health and Safety E-Learning Courses (an overview)
Health and Safety Level 2 (includes conducting appropriate risk assessments)
Regardless of your job or the sector or industry you work within, it is always useful for you to have basic knowledge of health and safety in the workplace. Understanding how to work safely can help to protect both you and the people you work with, and it could possibly prevent major incident or injury.
On a basic training course, Health and Safety in the Workplace Level 1 (CIEH), you will get a good introduction to the principles of working safely. By the end of the half-day session, you will be able to spot hazards and risks, and safely avoid them. You will also learn about how to work safely in a variety of workplace conditions, and whilst carrying out a number of tasks. This means that the course content should apply to everyone, no matter what industry they work within.
There are other courses you can take to improve your knowledge of workplace health and safety. For example, there is a one-day IOSH Working Safely Course, which gives employees from all sectors a basic grounding in the essential principles of health and safety within the workplace. It is in your employers’ interest to send you on such a course, as it makes the workplace safer overall, so it may be worth a mention.
A free Health and Safety in the Workplace PDF is available at OCC.